Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Senior Lecturer of Chinese
Areas of Specialization: Chinese Language
Office: JO 5.308
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
I'm CHEN Bei, senior lecturer of Chinese at UT Dallas. I have taught French and Chinese successively for over 15 years and worked as language program coordinator from 2008 to 2015. In addition, I'm an active member in professional communities (former board member and current secretary of Chinese Language Teachers Association of Texas). My educational background and professional experiences brought me a true understanding of many factors affecting language learning and made me capable of assuming all the responsibilities at the college level.
I'm not a research person—but I'm a curious person. My first interest is the Buddhist art along the Silk Road, especially the Chinese Buddhist cave art. I have traveled to many Buddhist cave temples and shrines, visited various museums, and had great fun admiring the murals, steles and statuary, the art styles and painting techniques of different dynasties and countries. This experience greatly enriched my knowledge of literature, language, history and philosophy. I am also fascinated by the literature in early medieval China, and have read almost all the "Zhi Guai Xiao Shuo" (classical Chinese supernatural fiction) of early period, this built the images of ancient China in my brain and it pushed me to write—so yes, I had published several short stories before I stopped writing...and I have many other interests: music, I can play the piano and Guzheng a little bit; drinking tea is another pleasant task when I procrastinate, my passion for photography has already faded, but I still like cooking. My new hobby is to teach a silly cat Chinese, and my most disliked hobby is to talk with customer service over the phone in English (an impossible mission).
When I read my previous students' evaluation, I often saw 2 words: "fun" and "hard." So...I guess... my class is fun because the background knowledge and language skills are both introduced, however I do not agree on the "hard" part. In the higher division classes or during an independent study, I usually adjust the course content according to the students' language proficiency and their actual needs. I set up connections between language learners and Chinese students, I design and (co-)host the weekly cultural activities (conversation table, tea ceremony, paper cutting, Chinese knotting, Chinese music, chess, calligraphy and many others) and always encourage students to attend. I worked with students and helped them to win the Chinese Bridge Contest of DFW area for 4 successive years—it required intensive training, but the students' Chinese has improved quickly. I have also established the study abroad program and led students twice to China. So, I guess... students trust my professionalism and what they tried to express in "fun" and "hard" was: she is a passionate instructor, take the class, you will find the voyage "full of adventure, full of discovery."
Before joining UT Dallas, I taught Chinese of all levels at University of North Texas since 2008. I taught French at the same university from 2007 to 2008. Before moving to the U.S., I was a lecturer of French at Communication University of China (according to Wiki, the university is "ranked No.1 of media education and No.1 among language universities in China"... well, I don't believe it). As TA I taught French or Chinese as... perhaps the fifth foreign language to college students, I also had some internships and tourist guide jobs when I was a poor college student ("Madame, Messieurs, Mademoiselles, voilà le monument aux Zeros du Peuple—and I didn't understand why they laughed so badly!)
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Bei Chen
2005 – 2007 MA in French Literature, University of North Texas
2000 – 2003 MA in Translation between Chinese and French, Beijing International Studies University
1996 – 2000 BA in French Language & Literature, Beijing International Studies University
Curriculum Vitae: Bei Chen's CV
Website(s): Personal Portfolio